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Lorain police officer shot at during traffic stop Tuesday night, 2 in custody

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Posted at 4:26 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 09:31:19-04

LORAIN, Ohio — Two people are in custody in connection with a traffic stop where a Lorain police officer was shot at Tuesday night.

Roque Velazquez and Luis Laboy were arrested without incident and charged with felonious assault. Both are being held in Lorain County Jail.

The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. near East 28th Street and Seneca Avenue.

According to police, the officer attempted to pull over a 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander after it was spotted without a rear license plate light on.

The officer turned his lights and sirens on, and the Outlander slowed down but didn’t stop. Moments later, a passenger leaned out of the window and fired three shots at the officer. The officer wasn't struck by the gunfire.

The SUV then sped off. Authorities said they found the vehicle sometime later after the occupants ditched it. A live round was found in the SUV’s passenger area.

The two suspects, who were found in Macedonia, were arrested by the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and officers from the Macedonia Police Department.

The matter remains under investigation.

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